Letter: The workforce deserves better than substandard wages | Letters to the Editor
What about the editorial “Incited” by unemployment aid? Governor’s harsh description needs fine-tuning ”(May 12): Governor Mike Parson listens to business leaders who complain that the small amount of unemployment insurance available to workers is too much. They claim that the low-wage workers in our state are not lining up en masse for their starvation wages. Maybe these dismal, expensive jobs are worth more than what employers have paid so far.
In contemplating the failures of capitalism, we all suffer from a lack of imagination. The insufficiency of communism as a political system has been brutally denounced and dismissed, perhaps too soon. The current state of capitalism is just as imperfect for those of us who are in the majority, as it has moved from simply rewarding the rich to punishing the poor. What we have to imagine is a new system beyond these two extremes. These words – socialism, communism, capitalism, fascism – have become the symbol of failure and must be rejected by those who want a better future and go beyond the past.
Until we do, we will read, without empathy or worry, the actions of our politicians who force people to settle for substandard wages.
Tony patti • Sappington